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How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram

Instagram has recently made two-factor authentication available to all its users. Here’s how you can use it to add an extra layer of security to your account.

After previously offering two-factor authentication to a select group, Instagram announced Thursday that the security feature would be extended to all users, effective immediately.

For those unfamiliar, two-factor authentication is a method of improving security that requires additional testing to prove that the person trying to access an account is the owner of the account. For example, you can enter a password and then you will be asked to answer a security question or enter a number that has been sent to your phone via SMS.

The offer was officially announced in a blog post on the company’s website, along with many other developments. According to the post, “This tool adds an extra layer of security to your Instagram account by requiring a code every time you log in.”

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To enable the feature, start by opening your Instagram app on your smartphone and tapping the user profile icon at the bottom right (it looks like a person. From there, tap the options icon at the top right of the screen (it looks like a gear

From the options screen, scroll down until you find “Account” and tap on the option that says “Two-factor authentication.”

Now, simply tap or drag the slider next to “Require security code” until it turns blue. It is important to note that if you have not yet added a phone number to your account, you will be prompted to do so at this time. A pop-up window will appear asking you to add your phone number. Tap “Add Number” on the pop-up window.

On the next screen, enter the phone number you want to associate with your account, then tap “Next” at the top right of the screen. At this point, an SMS message will be sent to the phone number you entered, with a six-digit code. Copy that code and enter it on the next page to finish the process.

Once you’ve used the SMS message code to enable two-factor authentication, Instagram will present you with a page of backup codes that you can use to access your account if you can’t receive an SMS in the future. Instagram recommends screenshotting the page, and offers options to “Copy Codes” and “Take Screenshot” on the page. In the future, backup codes will be accessible by clicking the options icon again and clicking the “Two-Factor Authentication” tab.

Once completed, you can return to the main page of the application. From now on, every time you leave Instagram, you will need your password and SMS code to log in.

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